When Congressman Patrick Kennedy retires at the end of this term and is succeeded by David Cicilline, it will mark the first time since 1946 that no Kennedy has been serving in Congress. That was the year JFK was first elected to a House seat in Massachusetts at the age of 29.
The combination of the Kennedy name and Patrick’s troubled personal life has proven irresistible to reporters, and over the past week three papers have published profiles of the 43-year-old: The New York Times (Thursday), The Boston Globe (Friday) and The Providence Journal (Sunday).
The articles clock in at a combined 4,947 words and each one covers some of the same ground. Since Nesi’s Notes is all about constituent service, here are the highlights from the three stories. I’d also recommend Globe columnist Brian McGrory’s reflections on Patrick from last winter.
Kennedy plans to remain a Rhode Islander and is keeping his Portsmouth farmhouse, which he either recently renovated (NYT) or is renovating (Globe). He also may keep an office in Washington. (NYT)
Kennedy’s next focus will be on promoting brain research, and he’s planning a brain research conference in Boston on May 25. He’s also set up a website, Moonshot.org, that compares the effort to JFK’s push to put a man on the moon. (NYT)
In another echo of his uncle, Kennedy calls neurology the “new frontier” of science. (Globe) He hopes he can “put together something like the American Cancer Society for brain research” (Globe), and thinks it could do a huge amount to help wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
David Cicilline is going to take over Kennedy’s Capitol Hill apartment. (Globe, Projo) A Republican will get his old House office. (NYT)